When we think of iconic symbols of London the red double decker bus, the Houses of Parliament and the unmistakable ‘underground’ sign immediately spring to mind. London black cabs are another formidable representation of our capital city with the cockney ‘cabbie’ being frequently embodied into airings orientated around London.
For the sixth year in a row, London’s famous black cabs have been voted the best in the world.
The survey was compiled by the popular hotel booking site, Hotel.com, and included the views of 2,683 travellers. According to the annual Global Taxi Survey, the English capital secured 22% of the votes, with New York in second place, trailing miserably with such 10% of the votes. Tokyo’s taxis were considered the third best in the world, achieving 9% of the votes.
London maintained its position as being home to the best taxi services in the world for the sixth consecutive year. A total of 30 countries were included in the survey, which considered several different categories. Out of the various categories, London topped five of them included a cabbie’s knowledge of the area, cleanliness of the taxi, the quality of the driving, friendliness of the driver and the safety of the drivers.
“Six years running and London cabs are still leading the pack when it comes to travel – it’s great to see! Our iconic black Hackney Carriages and their well informed cabbies can pride themselves on being globally recognised for their expert knowledge and quality of driving, maybe next year we can top the list for all categories!”
Not only are London’s taxis globally-renowned for the reliability, safety and iconic status, but they are also an important element in the Mayor of London and Transport for London’s strategy to ensure Londoners and visitors travel safely at night.